Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Political Science

Additional Departmental Affiliation


Document Type



The purpose of this work is threefold: to define the term ‘youth candidate’, to create a public data archive of youth candidates around the U.S., and to reveal what role age plays on the campaign trail for younger candidates. The first study shows the increase in young people running for office in the U.S.. The second study tells of age discrimination towards younger candidates on the campaign trail. Also within this document is an archive and photo album of youth candidates and their campaigns. The results of this research tell a data and experience-driven story of the quickly changing and ever-diversifying political landscape.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Saundra C. Ardrey, Dr. Angela M. Jerome, Dr. Christopher Keller


American Politics | Communication | Other Political Science | Political Science | Social Influence and Political Communication